Congress

Viewpoint: Congress Desperately Needs a Contingency Plan

What will happen if lawmakers can no longer meet because of the coronavirus?

House Democrats Reintroduce Bill to Protect Telework at Federal Agencies Amid Coronavirus Fears

The measure would prohibit agencies from making across-the-board cuts to telework programs, and require annual goals for participation in such programs.

New Bill Would Strengthen Protections for Whistleblowers Who Expose Classified Information

The legislation would make it so that a narrower group of people could be prosecuted for revealing such information.  

House Democrats Probe Faulty Test Kits’ Role in Delaying Coronavirus Response

The House Oversight Committee cited ProPublica’s reporting in requesting documents from the Trump administration.

House Passes Bill Granting TSA Employees Full Workers Rights

The Rights for Transportation Security Officers Act would bring the Transportation Security Administration workforce under Title 5 of the U.S. Code, granting them access to the General Schedule pay system and a slew of other rights and protections.

The President Is Winning His War on American Institutions

How Trump is destroying the civil service and bending the government to his will.

Senate Democrats Call on Justice Dept. IG to Investigate Political Interference

Meddling by the Trump administration could “permanently damage the integrity and independence” of the department, they wrote. 

Bill Would Require Frequent Congressional Testimony from Acting Defense and National Security Officials 

Trump administration's acting officials "limit congressional oversight of our national security," the measure's sponsor says. 

Lawmakers Fire Back at Trump’s Plan to Divert Military Funds to Border Wall

But the bipartisan team of Smith and Thornberry have attracted few other GOPers to the effort.

Lawmaker Asks Democratic Presidential Candidates How They Would Rebuild the Federal Workforce

The Trump administration has done “lasting damage to the integrity, morale and retention of our federal workforce,” Virginia congresswoman writes.

Senator Denies Threatening to Make Defense Secretary's Life 'Hell' If He Cuts AFRICOM Troops

"No, I never said that," Graham said in a brief phone call with Defense One. "It was a good conversation."

Whistleblower Advocates Praise Pick to Lead New House Ombudsman Office

The office will train congressional staffers on handling disclosures of potential waste, fraud and abuse.

Committee Votes for Subpoena Authority Over Interior's Employee Relocations, Other Documents

"We’re not here as potted plants to be watered when the administration decides it’s time," panel chairman says.

Analysis: The Oversight Wars Are Not Going Away

Impeachment may be over, but other skirmishes between Trump and the House will come to a head over the next few months.

More Than 100 Lawmakers Urge HHS to Resume Bargaining with Union

The department has not responded in nearly five months to calls to continue talks with its labor union, despite an arbitrator's finding that it had engaged in bad faith bargaining.

Trump Presented an Optimistic View of Government in Third State of the Union

The president pointedly mentioned the administration’s support for the most important change in federal employee benefits in decades: paid family leave.